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The leading cause of death in the U.S. among those ages 5 to 34 is car accidents, according to the CDC. More than two million adult drivers and passengers are treated in the ER every year as the result of being in a car crash. Also notable is the economic impact associated with injuries sustained in car crashes.

The National Safety Council (NSC), recently released Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates (PDF), prepared by the Statistics Department of NAS.

Below are some statistics from the NSC Fatality Report:

Within the first seven months of 2012, motor vehicle accidents have increased eight-percent from the corresponding period in 2011.

Total deaths from motor vehicle accidents through July 2012 totaled 20,880.

Annual population death is 11.8 deaths per 100,000 population; an increase of five-percent in comparison to 2011 estimates.

The estimated cost of motor vehicle deaths, injuries and property damage through July was $152.0 billion. That figure is up fifteen percent from 2011.

2012 Illinois Accident Statistics

The report indicates that 559 accidents have occurred in first seven months of 2012; compared to 279 during the same time period in 2011.

Edwardsville Illinois car accident (Madison County – 25 deaths in 2012 while 20 occurred in 2011 for the same period) and O’Fallon Illinois car accident (St. Clair County – 17 deaths which is down from 30 in the same time period for 2011) statistics are among the statistics included. You can view a complete county-by-county Fatal Crash Summary compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

CDC Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety

The CDC focuses is focusing its efforts on this very serious health problem. A few of the serious matters the agency targets is improving seat belt use, car and booster seats, while also assisting groups that are at risk, such as teen and adult drives.

On another note, The Edwardsville Police Department, working with iyeTek, has agreed to upload Edwardsville Illinois traffic crash reports on a secured site to assist in providing insurance companies, operators and owners in retrieving accident reports. An estimated 1,100 traffic crashes are reported yearly.

Please note: NSC figures are not comparable to those from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) figures. The NSC includes traffic and non-traffic deaths that occur within a year of the accident. However, the NHTSA only includes traffic deaths that occur within 30 days. Deaths are reported by state traffic authorities. All figures are preliminary.

Lindsay Rakers is a car accident attorney in O'Fallon Illinois.

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